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#infosec | US Man Charged with ISIS Coding Plot

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A Chicago man has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide technology to ISIS to support the terror group’s propaganda efforts.

Thomas Osadzinski, 20, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The complaint alleged that he designed a process that helps computer users more easily access and share ISIS propaganda on social media.

Osadzinski was caught in a classic sting operation earlier this year, sharing the computer script he allegedly wrote and instructions on how to use it with FBI agents posing as ISIS supporters and members of pro-ISIS media organizations.

The terror group uses social media content to help spread its message, recruit members and inspire others to violence against the US and other Western nations. In one case in 2015, a pro-ISIS Facebook-clone and linked Twitter account were taken offline after briefly hitting the headlines.

Legitimate social media companies are inundated with illegal content from groups like these, which they work quickly to remove. However, Osadzinski’s alleged Python script is said to have automatically copied any ISIS propaganda posts, allowing members and sympathizers to continue to access and share the content.

According to the court documents, he also promised to build a version of the Gentoo Linux operating system customized to make it harder for law enforcers or “crusader intelligence agencies” to crack.

If found guilty, Osadzinski is facing a maximum of 20 years behind bars.

Sometimes social media monitoring of terrorist content can actually help intelligence agencies. In 2015, the US military claimed that it managed to locate and then neutralize an ISIS command-and-control facility after spotting photos shared by fighters online.

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#cybersecurity | hacker | Former Twitter employees charged with using access to spy for Saudi Arabia

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A pair of former
Twitter employees – one an engineer and the other a media partnership manager –
were busted for accessing users’ account and personal data on behalf of Saudi
Arabia to ferret out opponents of the kingdom.

Engineer Ali Alzabarah and manager Ahmad Abouammo were charged with operating within the U.S. as agents of a foreign power, the Justice Department said Wednesday. In charges filed in a San Francisco court, the FBI noted the two defied Twitter policies and used their “access to proprietary and confidential Twitter information,” including the email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and IP addresses of Twitter users, on behalf of the Saudi government. Abouammo is linked to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), who U.S. intelligence officials say ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges
that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information
about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” U.S. Attorney
David L. Anderson said in a statement. “U.S. law protects U.S. companies from
such an unlawful foreign intrusion. We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S.
technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law.”

The Justice
Department charges lay out a scheme in which Abouammo spied on three Twitter
accounts while Alzabarah accessed 6,000 accounts to suss out Saudi dissidents
and activists in the U.S. who opposed Saudi Arabia’s policies in exchange for
monetary compensation.

A third man,
Ahmed Almutairi, who worked for a social media firm associated with the Saudi
government, served as an intermediary and is being sought by authorities. Alzabarah
and Almutairi are both Saudi citizens while Abouammo is a citizen of the U.S.

“We
recognize the lengths bad actors will go to try and undermine our service,”
Twitter said in a statement. “Our company limits access to sensitive account
information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees.”

The charges
were first reported
by the Washington Post.

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Two #Women #Charged With #Hacking Bucks #Computer #Systems

A Bucks student and her cohort were arrested and charged with hacking the college’s computer system to alter her grades and the grades of other students in a microbiology course.
The two women arrested were Aleisha Morosco, a 30-year-old part-time student, and Kelly Margaret Marryott, a 37-year-old employed at a medical office.

Bucks officials have suspected since July that someone had been meddling with students’ grades, and once it was reported to the police, the suspicion was confirmed.

Police said Marryott used the personal information of a Bucks faculty member she gained from her employment at a medical office. From there Morosco allegedly hacked the school’s computer network to change her own grade and the grades of other students.

Stephanie H. Shanblatt, president of Bucks County Community College, released the following statement about the incident:
“Dear Colleagues: Last week, the Newtown Township Police arrested two women in connection with an attempt to change grades at the college last summer. I wanted to assure you that this was an isolated incident. When the college discovered the problem, we reported it to Newtown Township Police and worked cooperatively with law enforcement to resolve the case. Bucks takes the integrity of our data systems very seriously. All of the grades altered in the breach were restored to their correct level. I would like to thank the Newtown Township Police Department for their professionalism in bringing this investigation to its appropriate conclusion. In addition, our gratitude goes out to the Office of Security and Safety, Information Technology, and Online Learning for their prompt attention to this matter.”

Both women have been charged with unlawful use of computer, computer crimes, computer trespass, identity theft, and criminal conspiracy.

Computer trespassing is a very serious crime. PhiladelphiaCriminal- Attorney.com states that “If you are indicted on federal computer crime charges, you can face being sent to a federal prison for years.” The two women were arraigned before District Judge Mick Petrucci and released on $40,000 unsecured bail.

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Iranian #national #charged with #hacking #HBO

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The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with hacking the computer servers of HBO and seeking to extort the company after stealing episodes and scripts of popular shows, including “Game of Thrones.”

Behzad Mesri, aka “Skote Vashat,” was charged with fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, among other charges, according to a new unsealed indictment.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, Mesri is not in custody. The FBI released a “wanted” poster of Mesri Tuesday afternoon, and said he speaks Farsi, currently resides in Iran and is a flight risk.

The prosecutors’ office also said they were not aware of any U.S. lawyer for the defendant.

Assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office Bill Sweeney said at a news briefing that Mesri “lurked in the alleyways of the Internet, identified the vulnerabilities of his victim, pickpocketed their information from thousands of miles away and sought a ransom. Today’s charges show that international cybercriminals are never beyond the reach of U.S. laws.”

Mesri, who was a “self-professed expert in computer hacking techniques,” according to the indictment, at one point worked on behalf of the Iranian military to “conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.”

The indictment also reveals Mesri defaced hundreds of websites in both the U.S. and globally under his pseudonym Skote Vashat.

Between May and August, Mesri began his hacking and extortion scheme of HBO, working to obtain “unauthorized access to HBO’s computer systems” and “steal proprietary data from those systems.”

Mesri then attempted to extort HBO for $6 million worth of Bitcoin, a form of digital currency.

The confidential and proprietary data belonging to HBO he stole included video files of unaired episodes of “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Room 104,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Deuce,” scripts and plots for “Game of Thrones,” cast and crew contact lists, financial documents, emails belonging to at least one HBO employee, and log in information for HBO social media accounts.

The extortion scheme began in July, the indictment alleges.

“Hi to All losers! Yes it’s true! HBO is hacked! … Beware of heart Attack!!!” an anonymous email sent to HBO personnel on July 23 included in the complaint reads. The email claimed 1.5 terabytes of data was stolen.

The indictment alleges starting around July 30 and continuing to at least August, the defendant leaked portions of the stolen data to the Internet on websites he controlled.

HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, struggled over the summer with numerous high-profile hackings. A group called OurMine hijacked HBO’s main Twitter account, as well as other HBO shows’ accounts.

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Edison man charged in hacking, wiretapping scheme

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EDISON – A township man was arrested Thursday for alleged computer hacking and wiretapping of his former company’s email server, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Jian Yang Zhang, also known as Kevin Zhang,” 37, is charged with one count of unauthorized access of a protected…

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17-year-old charged with voyeurism as police investigate social media hacking case

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Vancouver police arrested a 17-year-old boy on voyeurism charges while investigating a case where someone hacked into a girl’s social media account and shared nude photos of her. The Vancouver Police School Resource Officer assigned to Union High School first began investigating the incident on Monday, September 18. A girl…

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Westport teen behind 2015 fake shooter report charged with hacking, ID theft

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A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, police said. Detective Jeffrey Majewski said the male juvenile,…

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6 charged with stealing checks from Anchorage mail and vehicles to get cash

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Six Anchorage residents have been charged with stealing checks from the mail and vehicles and using them to get cash at banks and stores across the city over a 10-month period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said in a prepared statement that Sara James,…

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Boys, 11 and 12, Charged With Raping 11-Year-Old Girl in Boynton Beach

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